Interplanetary Dust, Meteoroids, Meteors and Meteorites

Detlef Koschny, Rachel H. Soja, Cecile Engrand, George J. Flynn, Jérémie Lasue, Anny Chantal Levasseur-Regourd, David Malaspina, Tomoki Nakamura, Andrew R. Poppe, Veerle J. Sterken, Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez

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Interplanetary dust particles and meteoroids mostly originate from comets and asteroids. Understanding their distribution in the Solar system, their dynamical behavior and their properties, sheds light on the current state and the dynamical behavior of the Solar system. Dust particles can endanger Earth-orbiting satellites and deep-space probes, and a good understanding of the spatial density and velocity distribution of dust and meteoroids in the Solar system is important for designing proper spacecraft shielding. The study of interplanetary dust and meteoroids provides clues to the formation of the Solar system. Particles having formed 4.5 billion years ago can survive planetary accretion and those that survived until now did not evolve significantly since then. Meteoroids and interplanetary dust can be observed by measuring the intensity and polarization of the zodiacal light, by observing meteors entering the Earth’s atmosphere, by collecting them in the upper atmosphere, polar ices and snow, and by detecting them with in-situ detectors on space probes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number34
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jun 1


  • Dynamics
  • Evolution
  • Formation
  • Interplanetary dust
  • Meteorites
  • Meteors
  • Zodiacal light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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